Rockstar remains pessimistic on the prospect of a Grand Theft Auto film, saying it's uninterested in making a quick buck out of a substandard product.
If the company does ever decide to do a film, Dan Houser told the Los Angeles Times, it will be because creative doubts have been resolved and it has managed to retain enough control to ensure the long term integrity of the franchise.
"It seems obvious to us that maintaining the long term integrity of any entertainment property has been dependent on not making substandard spin-off products to people whose primary interest is making a quick buck," said Houser. "If we ever decide to do a film, it will be because we have resolved our creative doubts, and while retaining enough control to ensure that if the movie is terrible, at least we will know we ruined the property ourselves."
The studio co-founder and vice president also voiced his doubts the complex GTA series would ever work as a cinematic experience.
"We donít believe that the Grand Theft Auto games, which are massive in scope and structurally complex, can be adequately compressed into a two hour movie," he explained
Since the franchise first became commerically successful, rumours have suggested a GTA film would be made, including last year when reports said a deal had been struck with Eminem. The LA Times claims "pretty much every producer and studio executive has tried to get their hands on [the series] over the years to no avail".